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Comstock wins environmental award

Comstock Mining received the 2018 BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award. From left: Scott Jolcover, director of business development; Corrado De Gasperis, executive chairman and CEO; Kathy Benedetto, senior advisor to the Director at Bureau of Land Management; Zach Spencer, director of external relations.

VIRGINIA CITY — Comstock Mining Inc. received the Bureau of Land Management’s 2018 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award in recognition of the complex reclamation, deep shaft sealing and restoration of the Historic Silver Hill Mine shaft that was completed in conjunction with the realignment and rebuilding of a major portion of Nevada’s State Route 342.

This project included capping of a hazardous, historic mine shaft, the realignment of a major state route away from that mine shaft, safe removal of hazardous materials from legacy mining and the reclamation and beautification of historic mine features and historic mining landscapes in the Historic Comstock Lode Mining District.

“Our Comstock team successfully led an unprecedented, multi-agency partnership and process that resulted in an accelerated, efficient, safe and beautifying realignment of State Route 342 that enabled a massive environmental remediation, mining and enhanced tourism, all in one project,” said Corrado De Gasperis, Comstock executive chairman and CEO. This was a truly remarkable accomplishment.”

The BLM’s Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards Program showcases the best of the more than 2 million acres of mined land that has been reclaimed by the U.S. mining industry. It also demonstrates how cooperative conservation can be put to use to provide Americans with energy and minerals that are vital to our economic and national security while restoring the land for use by future generations.

“We thank the BLM and the National Mining Association for being great partners and for recognizing Comstock Mining and our entire extended team with this award for excellence in reclamation and sustainability,”De Gasperis said. “This is our third environmental excellence recognition in the past four years, so for us, this achievement represents the consistent, reliable commitment of our ‘Comstock Responsible’ team and culture.”

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